Lynch Mob: 30 Best 'Twin Peaks' Characters

From Laura Palmer to the Log Lady, these were the residents of David Lynch's otherwordly series that turned 'Twin Peaks' into a TV landmark

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17. Maddy Ferguson

One of Twin Peaks' many meta-references to network-television Velveeta of ages past, Maddy was The Patty Duke Show-style identical cousin of Laura Palmer. And her amateur sleuthing alongside Donna Hayward and James Hurley was pure Scooby Gang shenanigans long before Buffy the Vampire Slayer took a stab at it. But this dark-haired doppelganger is also an outgrowth of Lynch's obsession with blonde/brunette duality (see Lost Highway, Mulholland Dr.) and its obvious inspiration, Hitchcock's Vertigo.  Most importantly, she gave the formidable actor Sheryl Lee a living, breathing character to inhabit – and an on-screen death scene that remains the pinnacle of televised horror.

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